Men’s Health Month Focuses on health dis[arities affecting men and boys year-round.
— Ana Fadich-Tomsic, VP of Men’s Health Network
PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES , June 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pennsylvania and Ohio – The cities of Altoona, Harrisburg, Youngstown, Canton, Cleveland, and Akron have issued Men’s Health Month proclamations (June) celebrating men’s health and fatherhood year-round, helping educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, timely screenings, healthy lifestyles, and positive family relationships.
Mayor Matthew Pacifico, Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams, Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei, Mayor Justin M. Bibb, and Mayor Dan Horrigan’s proclamations can be found here.
Raising awareness of the need for men and boys to live healthy lifestyles is critical to their wellbeing, even more so with COVID still impacting families and everyday lifestyles. The life expectancy for men is five years less than women (1), and men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (2). Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports women are 100% more likely to visit their doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men (3).
Report cards on the status of male health in each state can be found at the MensHealthReportCard.com Proclamations from cities and states be found at www.MensHealthMonth.com
“We are grateful to participate in Men’s Health Month,” said Mayor Jamael Tito Brown. “The health of our community is very important to me. The health of all men impacts us all.”
“When you have the type of family I have – five kids, 18 grandkids, and now 16 great grandkids! – focusing on healthy habits is of the utmost importance in keeping our crew strong. If my family can start a healthy lifestyle early on, so can everyone in the City of Harrisburg. I’m proud to proclaim June as Men’s Health Month across Harrisburg. We want to raise strong families in the capital city, and to do so, we need our sons, fathers, and grandfathers healthy. Let’s focus together on getting daily exercise, regular checkups at the doctor, and early detection efforts,” states Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams.
“Akron is proud to support Men’s Health Network in their efforts to bring awareness to critical issues such as disease prevention and timely screenings,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “Men’s Health Month is a great time to get educated about common health issues that are specific to men as well as the importance of regular doctor’s visits. I encourage the men in Akron and throughout Ohio to set some health goals this month and to talk to their doctors about making those goals a reality.”
“We applaud officials in their states for helping raise awareness of the health issues facing men and their families by recognizing this year’s men’s health awareness period,” said Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Men’s Health Network. “Communities around the globe continue to promote the health and well-being of men and boys throughout the month of June. We hope this year’s awareness period will help men and their families be more mindful of their health starting with a doctor’s appointment.”
Across the country, hundreds of health care professionals, private corporations, faith-based organizations, community groups, government agencies, and other interested organizations help plan activities and events that focus on men’s health during June, and throughout the year.
June 17, the Friday before Father’s Day, is Wear Blue Day. People all over the world take pictures of themselves and others wearing blue to increase awareness of men’s health and post photos on social media with the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag. Also, make sure you #WearBlueForMen and don’t forget to tag Men’s Health Network on social media.
For ideas and free resources in both English and Spanish, visit www.MensHealthMonth.org
Men’s Health Month grew out of National Men’s Health Week, which was enacted by Congress. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994.
Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are organized by Men’s Health Network MHN), an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork. For more information on MHN’s ongoing Dialogue on Men’s Health series, visit www.dialogueonmenshealth.com
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